Homeland Security Committee to hold biopreparedness hearing in Texas

The Homeland Security Committee and Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) will host the "Ebola in the Homeland: The Importance of Effective International, Federal, State and Local Coordination" hearing in Dallas on Friday.

"At this hearing, key federal and state officials will discuss the efforts that have been taken to respond to the first case of Ebola in the United States," McCaul said. "We will also examine ways we can continue to improve our preparedness and capabilities, particularly when it comes to screening passengers entering the country.”

Witnesses representing the federal government will include Toby Merlin, director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infection in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases within the Centers for Disease and Control; Kathryn Brinsfield, assistant secretary and chief medical officer in the Office of Health Affairs within the Department of Homeland Security; and John Wagner, assistant commissioner of the Office of Field Operations in Customs and Border Protection within the Department of Homeland Security.

Representing the state will be Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services David Lakey and Dr. Brett Giroir, executive vice president and CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center and director of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.

The hearing will be at noon in the In-Transit Lounge, D31, Terminal D at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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